Curriculum

The Laurels School curriculum is rooted in a perspective that sees the abundant goodness of the world, of all creation, as a fundamental governing principle; a perspective that sees the nobility and heroism of individuals in struggles throughout history.

Subjects Studied in Year 7 and 8
  • Art and Design
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Language (French in Year 8)
  • Modern Foreign Language (Spanish)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies
  • Science – Combined
Subjects Studied on a Termly Carousel
  • Drama
  • E-Learning
  • Philosophy
  • Computing is taught through master classes delivered by experts
  • Optional Ancient Greek
Subjects studied from Year 9 to GCSE Examination

Options guidance will be given during Year 9 to assist pupils with appropriate subject choices at GCSE Level (or equivalent). Subject to changes in the National Qualifications Framework, we expect to offer the following subjects:

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) lead to a GCSE Examination Award.

Core Subjects
  • Biology*
  • Chemistry*
  • English Language*
  • English Literature*
  • History*
  • Mathematics*
  • Modern Foreign Language (Spanish or French)*
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education and Games
  • Physics*
  • Religious Studies
  • Science (Double or Triple Award)*
Optional Subjects
  • Ancient Greek*
  • Art*
  • Classical Civilisation*
  • D&T – Textiles*
  • French*
  • Further Mathematics*
  • Geography*
  • Latin*
  • Music*
  • Social, Moral & Cultural Education – includes Character Development and Virtue Education.
Arete Programme

All pupils follow The Arete Programme, this programme runs across the school and introduces pupils to some of the philosphical ideas and virtue ethics that inform and support character development.

See The Arete Programme